Upcoming Events

Monthly SAE Chicago Section Board Meeting
When: Tuesday, January 11, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
What: Monthly Chicago Section Board meeting to be held via Zoom. Please contact an officer for more details.

Iowa Corn Growers Association: Ethanol is the Fuel of the Future
When: Thursday, January 13, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
What: Come hear from Kelly Nieuwenhuis, the President of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, as he explores Ethanol’s past, present, and future.

Monthly SAE Chicago Section Board Meeting
When: Tuesday, February 8, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
What: Monthly Chicago Section Board meeting to be held via Zoom. Please contact an officer for more details.

Chicago Auto Show
When: February 10 – February 21, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
What: First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. This year marks the 115th edition of the Chicago Auto Show.

Introduction to Machine Learning with SmartUQ
When: Wednesday, February 16, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
What: Introduction to Machine Learning and Uncertainty Quantification for Automotive Applications. SmartUQ is a powerful machine learning and uncertainty quantification (UQ) software tool that incorporates real world variability and probabilistic behavior into engineering and systems analyses.

Monthly SAE Chicago Section Board Meeting
When: Tuesday, March 8, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
What: Monthly Chicago Section Board meeting to be held via Zoom. Please contact an officer for more details.

Past Events

Guardhat Technologies: Connected Worker Tech Removing Friction Between Safety and Success

November 2021

The automotive industry has long led the way in process innovation on the factory floor, but improvement in safety metrics are stalling across industries. Hear from Rakesh Panda, VP of solutions and services at Guardhat on new connected worker technologies that are moving safety up the hierarchy of control to reduce recordables and injuries, while also improving collaboration and business outcomes. This discussion will cover IIoT devices and infrastructure, worker-centric design, network and privacy considerations, and case studies on COVID-19, collision avoidance, worker condition monitoring and remote expert.

Caterpillar Autonomous Mining Solutions

February 2021

Autonomy is about automating every movement, pulling out waste, making it more repeatable, like a factory. Our customers are seeing a step change in safety with autonomy and upwards of 30% improvement in productivity. We’ll talk about how our customers have been able to deliver those results using Caterpillar Command for Hauling. We will explore the history of Caterpillar autonomy journey, highlight demonstrated results from our customers and talk about the mine of the future where we believe that someday the complete mining process could be automated — from drilling and digging, to loading, hauling, processing and transporting mined materials. We envision an operation where most of the equipment could be autonomous, which will result in the safest, most efficient mine sites in the world.

SAE Chicago Student Welcome Event

October 2020

Find out more about SAE Student membership and the unique benefits of the Chicago Section. Also, Networking with Engineering Professionals and Students, Collegiate Design Series, Internships and Entry Level Opportunities presented by: Navistar, Parker Hannifin, Collins Aerospace, ESi

Webinar – Know the Unknowns: Addressing Disturbances and Uncertainties in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

August 2020

This talk will present his recent work in this area, including:

1) Models and methods for analyzing system safety and applying adaptation strategies under bounded disturbances such as timing violations and soft errors,

2) Algorithms and tools for formally verifying the safety of neural network controlled systems, and

3) A cross-layer framework for the modeling, simulation, synthesis and verification of connected vehicle applications, with the consideration of communication disturbances

If you missed it please find a recording here: Webinar Recording

Parker LORD: Selecting Adhesives for Lightweight Assembly and Electric Vehicle Battery Packs

May 2020

Adhesives for Joining Mix Material Assemblies

What to Look for with Customized Solutions

Adhesive Chemistries

SAE YP Happy Hour

February 2020

Please join us at Granite City for appetizers, drinks, and Young Professional Networking with SAE and Navistar

Blackdog Speed Shop

January 2020

Blackdog Speed Shop is the most successful team in Pirelli World Challenge SRO/GT4 competition in the series. It has claimed 29 race victories, two Team Championships and four Driver Championships to date. Founded in 2002, Blackdog Racing began competing Chevrolet Corvettes simultaneously in SCCA T1 and World Challenge. The team next ran Camaros very successfully for General Motors for six years. In 2019, Blackdog moved to McLaren, fielding two new McLaren 570S GT4’s, driven by McLaren official Factory Driver Michael Cooper and Blackdog team principal Tony Gaples. In its first year running for McLaren, the team helped secure its third Manufacturer’s title in the last six years.

Check out our recap video

DMC: Electric Vehicle Batteris and Flexible Automotive Assembly Platform

November 2019

The mainstream introduction of the electric car created an entire new category of automotive testing for battery packs and battery management systems (BMS). DMC’s modular Battery Test Platform incorporates open software and hardware technologies, along with flexible and reliable subsystem components and instruments, in order to create systems that are completely customizable to the end user’s specifications. The heart of the system is the modular software framework, termed the “Flex Framework,” which has evolved over more than a decade of development and lessons learned. It serves as the foundation for all of DMC’s custom battery test projects, and offers a variety of useful features, including self-diagnostic checks, configurable UI dashboards, and test sequence scripting.

ClearFlame Engine Technologies

March 2021

ClearFlame’s CTO Dr. Julie Blumreiter spoke about their potentially groundbreaking heavy duty engine technology, which retains the high torque and fuel efficiency we’ve come to expect while using 100% decarbonized fuels, and without the need for DPF or SCR.

SAE Chicago Virtual Design Competition

February 2021

SAE Chicagoland Student Sections presented on their current SAE International Collegiate Design Series (CDS) competition vehicles. IIT, UIC, NIU, and Bradley University participants shared their progress.

Turntide Technologies: Switched Reluctance Motor (SRM)

January 2021

Piyush Desai, VP Motor Design at Turntide Technologies presented the Past, Present, and Future of the Switched Reluctance Motor (SRM).

Virtual Auto Show

September 2020

To round out the summer we’d like to have a Virtual Auto Show featuring you! Due to the current COVID-19 precautions we don’t know when our next in-person meeting will be but thought this would be a great idea to connect with our local members. We need your help to fill our show with old, new, fun, or quirky cars. Everyone is welcome! I’m guessing some of you will be giving your ride a wash and wax this Labor Day weekend so make sure to take some glamour shots after you’re done and send them in.

Advances in Automotive Performance Verification Testing for 5G and EMC Applications

June 2020

In the rapidly evolving industry of autonomous, electric and hybrid vehicles, the ability to successfully provide vehicle level antenna pattern measurements as well as EMC measurements to verify the performance of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) will be key to the future of this market and address public safety concerns. The automotive trends in wireless capabilities for high data streaming, incident detection warning, anti-collision/adaptive cruise control radar, wireless entry and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-cloud (V2C) communication are just a few of the features impacting the functionality of today’s modern vehicles. This presentation details the challenges presented by these market demands and how innovative testing solutions help drive the technologies forward to real-life applications.

Chicago Auto Show Day

February 2020

This year SAE Milwaukee and Chicago Sections will again be teaming up with the Chicago Area Trade Association (CATA) for access to the 2020 Chicago Auto Show. CATA is sponsoring our event this year and is giving our group exclusive access to the show on the Second Media Day before the show opens to the General Public. With CATA’s support, access on media day means no crowds or lines to see the exhibits and demonstrations! An engineer from Navistar will start off the day showing off their new joint venture with GM at the Chevrolet booth.

Hendrickson International: Test Lab Tour & Company Overview

December 2019

Hendrickson is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of medium- and heavy-duty mechanical, elastomeric and air suspensions; integrated and non-integrated axle and brake systems; parabolic and multi-leaf springs; stabilizers; and bumpers and trim components to the global commercial transportation industry. Every day around the world, millions of Hendrickson suspensions carry countless loads of freight and raw material both on- and off-highway.

Failure Analysis & MSi Plant Tour

September 2019

A joint event of SAE & ASABE featuring a presentation on modern failure analysis, and tour of the facilities of SGS / MSi